Saturday, August 31, 2019

August 2019 EOM Wrap Up


I have read 9 books (not including children's books). *These qualify for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff
The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
Bone Crier's Moon (Bone Grace, # 1) by Kathryn Purdie
Losing the Field (The Field Party, # 4) by Abbi Glines
Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Frozen Sun Saga, # 1) by Jill Criswell
Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely
Verity (The Sugar Baron's Daughter, # 2) by Lisa T Bergren
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

I have reviewed 4 books. *These qualify for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge.
Just In Case You Ever Wonder by Max Lucado
With this Pledge (Carnton, # 1) by Tamera Alexander
A Reluctant Bride (The Bride Ships, # 1) by Jody Hedlund
Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Other Posts:
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/04/19
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/11/19
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/18/19
Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/25/19
Ten Characters That Make Great BFFs
Top Ten Favorite Book Tropes
Seven Books I Should Own But Don't
Can't Wait for 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
Can't Wait for Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
Can't Wait for A Convenient Fiction (Parish Orphans of Devon, # 3) by Mimi Matthews
Can't Wait for The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson
2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up
July 2019 EOM Wrap Up

Goals:
I'm 5 days ahead of schedule with my Bible-in-a-year plan.
I've read 61 out of 52 books (including children's books).
I've read 4 out of 5-10 series enders.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Can't Wait for The Dating Charade

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

The Dating Charade

By: Melissa Ferguson

Expected Publication: December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson

336 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

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Goodreads description--Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Seven Books I Should Own But Don't

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is currently hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is Top Ten Books I Should Own But Don't.
  1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas - I've borrowed the entire series from Holly, but these are really books that I should probably own because I know I'd like to re-read them.
  2. A Court of Throns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas - Same thing. Borrowed from Holly.
  3. Books 9-13 of the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones - I've GOT to get back to this series and finish it up.
  4. Vow of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, # 2) by Mary E Pearson - Just haven't purchased yet.
  5. The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon - I LOVED this book. I really should own all of Amy Harmon's books. Yet again, I borrowed this one from Holly.
  6. Dark Age (Red Rising, # 5) by Pierce Brown - I cannot believe I haven't read Iron Gold yet. I've started it, but it's just so long. So I haven't purchased Dark Age yet.
  7. Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, # 6) by George R R Martin - This is just me being a little sarcastic, but shouldn't this book have been published already? Shouldn't it be in my hands already? Come on GRRM! PLEASE!

I don't know, guys. These are all the ones I can think of. I have really gotten into a more minimalist mindset which means I don't feel the need to own all of the books. The only ones I feel pressure over are ones I need to read to finish a series or ones I just KNOW I'll re-read one day. Which books should you own but don't? Let me know!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Well Met - Review

Well Met

By: Jen Deluca

Expected Publication: September 3rd 2019 by Berkley

336 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--All's faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon's family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn't have time for Emily's lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she's in her revealing wench's costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they're portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can't seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.

Well Met was just the contemporary read I've been looking for. Although I have to say upfront that I wish the title had been worked into some super cheesy scene. This felt like a lost opportunity.

I loved the Renaissance Faire setting. I went on a field trip to one when I was in the 8th or 9th grade. I don't remember a ton about it, but I feel like I'm missing out with not having the opportunity to volunteer for one and play a fun character. Maybe I'll have to look into taking the kids on a trip to one in a few years. Anyway, I'm getting sidetracked. This was such a unique setting.

Emily was easy for me to connect with. I feel like we're a lot alike. I love to organize things, and any time I see organization lacking I feel like I have to step in and help whip things into shape. She does so in an unobtrusive way. She only wishes to help where needed. But of course, this isn't always appreciated by others who might feel like she's overstepping. I also connected with her relationship struggles. When someone has taken advantage of you, it is easy to question everyone else's motivations.

Simon. Oh, I just want to reach into the book and give him a hug. He's got the weight of the world on his shoulders. He's keeping the Faire going in memory of his brother. And even though he loves the Faire, trying to micromanage everything is draining the life out of him. I loved how he feels stuck in who everyone views him to be. I mean obviously I didn't want him to stay there, but it gave him character and something to overcome. The pirate side of Simon was easy to love. Swagger as Sean had put it.

The ultimate conflict wasn't perfect for me. I liked that it was really about the culmination of the personal struggles that both Emily and Simon had individually clashing against each other. She needs to know that she's someone else's first priority given her history. And he needs to find a way to honor and grieve his brother without having it take over his life--to take back some control over the things he wants for himself.

You guys, I devoured this book. I happened to start this book the week we were having a party at our house. When I needed to be cleaning the house and getting ready, I was sneaking in a page here and there. And as a matter of fact, the day of the party as the time was getting closer and closer to start, I remember thinking "honestly, I love my family and friends, but I'd rather be finishing my book right now." I was almost to 80% so things were getting ready to wrap up. After the party was over, I read to 94% and my eyes literally shut without my consent. I had to finish the next morning.

Well Met was exactly what I've been needing. A contemporary book that I could devour with characters that I cared about and a setting that I'd love to return to. I'd really be interested in seeing if there's anything possible between Mitch and April. Well Met gets 4.5 Stars. I will certainly be on the lookout for more from Jen DeLuca in the future. Have you read Well Met? What did you think? Let me know!

*Side note: I hate this book cover.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since our last monthly wrap up, neither Sandy nor Holly have finished any series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link the up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the July giveaway runs from August 25th - September 25th. On September 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Sunday Post & Stacking the Shelves - 08/25/19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~ It's a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Tuesday was one of those days where the kids were constantly fighting with each other. Snatching toys, screaming at each other, crying. My head was pounding all day. It was just a cycle of craziness. Every family has those days every now and then. I truly would have just sent them to separate rooms if they were older. Oh well. The next day was pretty great, and we took the opportunity to talk calmly about taking turns with toys, using our words to ask for what we want (or want back if it's been taken from us before we were finished), and generally discuss how the day before could have gone much better. Wednesday we had a guy come cut down a dead pine tree and trim up some low hanging tree limbs. The kids wanted to be outside (a safe distance away) to watch what he was doing. Thursday and Friday, it was nice to have things back to normal. Saturday, I did my weekly grocery shopping.

THIS PAST WEEK:

Monday: Review of A Reluctant Bride (The Bride Ships, # 1) by Jody Hedlund (3.5 Stars)
Tuesday: Ten Favorite Book Tropes
Wednesday: A Convenient Fiction (Parish Orphans of Devon, # 3) by Mimi Matthews
Today: 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up

UPCOMING THIS WEEK:

Monday: Review of Well Met by Jen DeLuca
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday?
Wednesday: Can't Wait for Wednesday

Don’t forget to link up for the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge! You have until December 15th, 2019 to sing up. Each month there will be a giveaway for those participating with an end of the year giveaway too! Click on the picture below or the link above to find out more!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

The Work of Art

By: Mimi Matthews

Publication: July 23rd 2019 by Perfectly Proper Press

356 pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--An Uncommon Beauty...

Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Far worse, it's caught the eye of the sinister Duke of Moreland--a notorious art collector obsessed with acquiring one-of-a-kind treasures. To escape the duke's clutches, she's going to need a little help.

An Unlikely Hero...

Captain Arthur Heywood's days of heroism are long past. Grievously injured in the Peninsular War, he can no longer walk unaided, let alone shoot a pistol. What use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good name.

Can a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her--and her heart--in more danger than ever?

Fireborn (The Aurelian Cycle, # 1)

By: Rosaria Mundo

Expected Publication: October 15th 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young

448 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Seraphina meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that's full of rivalry, romance... and dragons.

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

Love Lettering

By: Kate Clayborn

Publication: January 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

320 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts one woman’s business—and her heart—in jeopardy . . .

Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing beautiful custom journals for New York City’s elite. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Like the time she sat across from Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancĂ©e, and knew their upcoming marriage was doomed to fail. Weaving a secret word into their wedding program was a little unprofessional, but she was sure no one else would spot it. She hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid . . .

A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out—before he leaves New York for good—how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. But with a looming deadline, a fractured friendship, and a bad case of creative block, Meg doesn’t have time for Reid’s questions—unless he can help her find her missing inspiration. As they gradually open up to each other about their lives, work, and regrets, both try to ignore the fact that their unlikely connection is growing deeper. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her, before it’s too late . . .

The Dating Charade

By: Melissa Ferguson

Expected Publication: December 3rd 2019 by Thomas Nelson

336 pages

Genre: Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Just when you think you’ve met your match . . . the charade begins.

Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.

The Beauty of the Moment

By: Tanaz Bhathena

Publication: February 26th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

354 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Publisher via Amazon Vine (Thank you!!)

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Goodreads description--Susan is the new girl—she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.

Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.

Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.

That's it for my shelves and recaps of my past and upcoming week. What did you add to your shelves this week? Any bookish news you want to talk about? Let me know!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Can't Wait for A Convenient Fiction

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.

A Convenient Fiction (Parish Orphans of Dover, # 1)

By: Mimi Matthews

Expected Publication: October 22nd 2019 by Perfectly Proper Press

pages

Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction

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Goodreads description--She Needed a Husband...

It’s been three years since Laura’s father died, leaving her and her invalid brother to subsist on the income from the family’s failing perfume business. But time is swiftly running out. What she needs is a husband, and fast. A noble gentleman who can rescue them all from penury. When a mysterious stranger arrives in the village, he seems a perfect candidate. But Alex Archer is no hero. In fact, he just might be the opposite.

He Wanted a Fortune...

Alex has no tolerance for sentiment. He’s returned to England for one reason only: to find a wealthy wife. A country-bred heiress in Surrey seems the perfect target. But somewhere between the village railway station and the manor house his mercenary plan begins to unravel. And it’s all the fault of Laura Hayes—a lady as unsuitable as she is enchanting.

From the beaches of Margate to the lavender fields of Provence, a grudging friendship slowly blossoms into something more. But when scandal threatens, can a man who has spent his entire life playing the villain, finally become a hero? Or will the lure of easy riches once again outweigh the demands of his heart?

What are you guys waiting on this week? Let me know!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Top Ten Favorite Book Tropes

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is currently hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is Top Ten Favorite Book Tropes.

My favorite books always have a romance. They're driven by romance. And so it stands to reason to romance tropes are my favorite. So most of my favorites revolve around that.

  1. Enemies to lovers.
  2. Best friends to more.
  3. Arranged marriages.
  4. Fake relationships.
  5. 2nd chance romances.
  6. Rivals.
  7. Forbidden romance.
  8. Tight teams or big families.
  9. Anonymous.
  10. Emotional scars.

Which tropes are your favorites? Let me know!